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26th Aug '17 5:55:11 PM pi4t
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* Averted, zig zagged, and reconstructed in ''Literature/{{Worm}}''. Powers purchased from Cauldron are successful regardless of genes, though there are variables that affect physical mutations, the nature of the powers, and the strength of the powers. Zig zagged because most people gain their powers from traumatic trigger events, but the children and siblings of parahumans have easier trigger events to the extent that third generation parahumans are capable of triggering at age 5. However, even adopted children can gain powers more easily because even close proximity to parahumans can make it easier also. Reconstructed by the superpowered gang The Fallen, who commit incest in the hopes of having more kids with superpowers.

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* Averted, zig zagged, ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' falls somewhere between options 3 and reconstructed in ''Literature/{{Worm}}''. Powers purchased from Cauldron are successful regardless of genes, though there are variables that affect physical mutations, the nature of the powers, and the strength of the powers. Zig zagged because most people gain their powers from traumatic trigger events, but the children and siblings 5. Children of parahumans don't inherit any powers when they're born, but they seem to be far more likely to have easier the potential to have a [[TraumaticSuperpowerAwakening trigger events to event]] than normal, and the extent that trigger can be far less traumatic. If they do get powers, they're almost always variants on their parents', as described in 3. At the time of the story, the third generation parahumans capes are capable of triggering at age 5. However, even just starting to appear. Oddly, this doesn't appear to be to do with genetics, since adopted children can gain powers more easily also sometimes experience the effect. [[spoiler: It's because even close proximity to parahumans can make it easier also. Reconstructed by the superpowered gang The Fallen, who commit incest in [[HeroicHost parahumans']] passengers are seeking to reproduce, and a child spending a lot of time near a parahuman (and their passenger) lets the hopes of having passenger copy itself over to the child.]]
** Naturally, some groups (notably Heartbreaker and the Fallen) have decided this is a good way to get
more kids with superpowers.capes on their sides.
21st Aug '17 1:50:25 AM PaulA
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* In ''TheElvenbane'', powerful elvish spellcasters produce children who're powerful, weak casters produce weak children, and intermarriage between strong and weak produces a child of intermediate power. At least in the first book, it's never explained where powerful spellcasters came from in the first place, but their attempts to stay powerful through the generations have led to severe inbreeding. Human spellcasting is also inherited, but in defiance of the trope it's an indirect and imprecise pattern. [[note]](Elves and humans aren't even from the same world, so the implication is that human magical power is determined through standard genetics, with multiple genes influencing power levels, and elvish magical power is determined through something else entirely. Then again, elves and humans can [[HalfHumanHybrid interbreed]], which shouldn't be possible for two species with very different genes. Then again again, it's a fantasy story--what do you expect?)[[/note]]

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* In ''TheElvenbane'', ''Literature/TheElvenbane'', powerful elvish spellcasters produce children who're who are powerful, weak casters produce weak children, and intermarriage between strong and weak produces a child of intermediate power. At least in the first book, it's never explained where powerful spellcasters came from in the first place, but their attempts to stay powerful through the generations have led to severe inbreeding. Human spellcasting is also inherited, but in defiance of the trope it's an indirect and imprecise pattern. [[note]](Elves and humans aren't even from the same world, so the implication is that human magical power is determined through standard genetics, with multiple genes influencing power levels, and elvish magical power is determined through something else entirely. Then again, elves and humans can [[HalfHumanHybrid interbreed]], which shouldn't be possible for two species with very different genes. Then again again, it's a fantasy story--what do you expect?)[[/note]]
20th Aug '17 10:31:01 PM GrammarNavi
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** It's kind of annoying how each new child of the Skywalker line is touted as having the Strongest Potential Ever. In ''[[JediAcademyTrilogy I, Jedi]]'' Corran learns that the creation of illusions and permutations of the JediMindTrick, ability to absorb and convert or channel energy, and the inability to use telekinesis unless currently channeling energy are all Halcyon family traits, and his grandfather was a Halcyon. Over time he manifests each trait. Jedi who are not Skywalker-descended can have non-Jedi siblings and relatives whose weak Force-Sensitivity manifests as things such as a bit of "luck" and accurate hunches.

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** It's kind of annoying how each new child of the Skywalker line is touted as having the Strongest Potential Ever. In ''[[JediAcademyTrilogy ''[[Literature/JediAcademyTrilogy I, Jedi]]'' Corran learns that the creation of illusions and permutations of the JediMindTrick, ability to absorb and convert or channel energy, and the inability to use telekinesis unless currently channeling energy are all Halcyon family traits, and his grandfather was a Halcyon. Over time he manifests each trait. Jedi who are not Skywalker-descended can have non-Jedi siblings and relatives whose weak Force-Sensitivity manifests as things such as a bit of "luck" and accurate hunches.
11th Aug '17 10:28:52 AM CosmicFerret
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** In ''Comicbook/{{Runaways}}'', Molly Hayes initially appears to have not gotten the mutant gene despite her parents both having it. Early on in the story however, she is discovered to have super strength (while both parents had mind controlling powers, and ''her'' strength turns out to be psionic in nature). Karolina has exactly the same alien powers as her parents which her mother points out means that none of them can hurt each other. Chase is the son of two brilliant MadScientist GadgeteerGenius types, but his abilities run more to minor cleverness, street smarts and punching things. Gert has a pair of travelling also mad scientists (but more biology based) for parents and though she is gifted with there intelligence, her power is actually something they engineered for her - being psychically linked with a bio-engineered Deinonychus (think ''JurassicPark'' Raptor).

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** In ''Comicbook/{{Runaways}}'', Molly Hayes initially appears to have not gotten the mutant gene despite her parents both having it. Early on in the story however, she is discovered to have super strength (while both parents had mind controlling powers, and ''her'' strength turns out to be psionic in nature). Karolina has exactly the same alien powers as her parents which her mother points out means that none of them can hurt each other. Chase is the son of two brilliant MadScientist GadgeteerGenius types, but his abilities run more to minor cleverness, street smarts and punching things. Gert has a pair of travelling also mad scientists (but more biology based) for parents and though she is gifted with there intelligence, her power is actually something they engineered for her - being psychically linked with a bio-engineered Deinonychus (think ''JurassicPark'' ''Franchise/JurassicPark'' Raptor).
26th Jul '17 10:33:15 PM creader
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24th Jul '17 5:25:46 AM ChronoLegion
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* Mostly {{averted}} in ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}''; as [[SoulPower Semblances]] are manifestations of a person's Aura and each person is unique in that sense, there's little chance that a parent will have the same Semblance as their children, assuming either generation even unlocked their Semblance. The [[BlueBlood Schnee]] family is distinctly noted as an exception with their [[InstantRunes glyphs]] being heredity.

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* Mostly {{averted}} in ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}''; as [[SoulPower Semblances]] are manifestations of a person's Aura and each person is unique in that sense, there's little chance that a parent will have the same Semblance as their children, assuming either generation even unlocked their Semblance. The [[BlueBlood Schnee]] family is distinctly noted as an exception with their [[InstantRunes glyphs]] being heredity. Weis's father isn't shown to ever be using it, but then he doesn't actually have the genes, since he married into the family (but [[BerserkButton don't remind him of that]]).
24th Jul '17 5:23:40 AM ChronoLegion
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* In ''Film/{{Push}}'', children of psychics tend to inherit their parents' abilities, sometimes to a greater extent (although the reverse can be true as well). For example, Cassie is a watered-down version of her extremely powerful mother (a [[{{Seer}} Watcher]]), while Nick is a more powerful [[MindOverMatter Mover]] than his father was (at least once he has some practice). The [[TheTriadsAndTheTongs Triad]] boss's sons have inherited his [[MakeMeWannaShout Bleeder]] ability (although his is more powerful), but his daughter is actually a pretty good Watcher (possibly, her mother was one as well).
24th Jul '17 5:18:50 AM ChronoLegion
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* On ''Series/PainkillerJane'' this is apparently the reason for the [[DifferentlyPoweredIndividual neuros]]' abilities, though the agency frankly admits they're not sure of the real cause. Jane is specifically stated ''not'' to be a neuro as well, so it's anyone's guess where she got ''her'' [[HealingFactor ability]].

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* On ''Series/PainkillerJane'' this is apparently the reason for the [[DifferentlyPoweredIndividual neuros]]' abilities, though the agency frankly admits they're not sure of the real cause. Jane is specifically stated ''not'' to be a neuro as well, so it's anyone's guess where she got ''her'' [[HealingFactor ability]]. It's implied she was injected with something just prior to being thrown out of a [[DestinationDefenestration high-rise window]].
24th Jul '17 5:17:46 AM ChronoLegion
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** Teylar has inherited some Wraith genes from her father, who was experimented on by a Wraith scientist. As a result, she can jack into the Wraith psychic network and even temporarily take control of Wraith (while also leaving her own body exposed to be controlled by a Wraith).

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** Teylar Teyla has inherited some Wraith genes from her father, who was experimented on by a Wraith scientist. As a result, she can jack into the Wraith psychic network and even temporarily take control of Wraith (while also leaving her own body exposed to be controlled by a Wraith).
24th Jul '17 5:17:32 AM ChronoLegion
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** Teylar has inherited some Wraith genes from her father, who was experimented on by a Wraith scientist. As a result, she can jack into the Wraith psychic network and even temporarily take control of Wraith (while also leaving her own body exposed to be controlled by a Wraith).
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